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In this wise and dazzling work of fiction, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow writes comically and tragically about the tenacity of first love. The story behind The Actual belongs to Harry Trellman, an aging, astute businessman who has never belonged anywhere: not in the Chicago orphanage where he was sent by his mother, not in high school (too brainy), not even on the streets, where his vaguely Asian features set him apart from the rest of the pack.

Behind his stoic mask, Harry harbors some intense feelings for a certain woman. That woman - the object of some 40 years' passion - is Amy Wustrin, a twice-divorced interior designer who's walked through her share of life's ups and downs. Thanks to Sigmund, she walks unexpectedly into Harry's life. And this time he's not about to let her go.

As an added bonus, when you purchase any of our Audible Modern Vanguard productions of Saul Bellow's books, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.
©1998 Saul Bellow (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"A mature distillation of Mr. Bellow's work...a gem." (The New York Times)

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Love this late Bellow

This is a small thing, almost throwaway for Bellow, but it's him, brilliant and funny as always. Arch plot points, but not implausible, mention of Donald Trump, and a line you'd only get from Bellow: "Shoot me in the heart." You'll have to read the book for context that makes the line work.

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